Programs

Middle East Programs

Working with our allies and partners in Europe and the wider Middle East to protect US interests, build peace and security, and unlock the human potential of the region.

The latest pieces from MENASource:

Thu, Oct 10, 2019

Iraqi IDPs amid US-Iranian tensions

As Iraq protests in the past week escalated and settled down, real grievances issued by Iraqi citizens—related to crumbling infrastructure, high unemployment, and lack of services—need to be resolved by the government to destabilize the situation. However, there are additional issues concerning the internally displaced people (IDPs) in Iraq who may lack the agency or […]

MENASource by Leah Hickert

Economy & Business Human Rights

Mon, Oct 7, 2019

Trump withdraws US troops from northern Syria

An October 6 phone call between US President Donald J. Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan resulted in a partial withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria and Trump’s endorsement of Turkish plans to send their own military forces into the region.

MENASource by Reema Hibrawi

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Oct 3, 2019

Iraq protests: How should the government and the US respond?

This week Iraq has experienced the largest protests to date against Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s government, if not any Iraqi government since the fall of former President Saddam Hussein.

MENASource by C. Anthony Pfaff

Economy & Business Iraq

Experts

Content

Tue, Oct 15, 2019

How can the United States pick up the pieces of its Syria policy?

Atlantic Council experts detail how Washington can manage the situation in Syria and prevent the US-Turkish relationship from spiraling out of control.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Conflict Syria

Tue, Oct 15, 2019

Iranian women fans rejoice at stadium access

A combination of domestic and international pressure resulted in the decision by the Iranian government to finally allow women to attend soccer matches at Iranian stadiums.

IranSource by Tahereh Hadian-Jazy

Iran Middle East

Thu, Oct 10, 2019

Iraqi IDPs amid US-Iranian tensions

As Iraq protests in the past week escalated and settled down, real grievances issued by Iraqi citizens—related to crumbling infrastructure, high unemployment, and lack of services—need to be resolved by the government to destabilize the situation. However, there are additional issues concerning the internally displaced people (IDPs) in Iraq who may lack the agency or […]

MENASource by Leah Hickert

Economy & Business Human Rights

Thu, Oct 10, 2019

Don’t expect regime change in Iran

There are half a dozen reasons why the Islamic Republic has been so resilient in the face of extraordinary internal and external pressures.

IranSource by Jack A. Goldstone

Iran

Thu, Oct 10, 2019

Turkey has legitimate security concerns, but must keep military incursion into Syria limited

Ankara is justified in trying to secure its border, Matthew Bryza argues, but must not get bogged down in a major military campaign.

New Atlanticist by Matthew Bryza

Syria Turkey
US Middle East

Tue, Oct 8, 2019

The United States needs Middle East partnerships, former US commander argues

The United States must continue to build its systems of alliances and partnerships across the Middle East, but Washington's change of policy toward the Syrian Kurds "will make it more difficult to build partnership in the future," General Joseph Votel said.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Maritime Security Middle East

Tue, Oct 8, 2019

Atlantic Council press call: Trump’s Syria withdrawal

Atlantic Council experts respond to the withdrawal of US troops from northeastern Syria, Turkish military action, and the road ahead on a members and press call.

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Middle East Syria

Tue, Oct 8, 2019

The MENA region: A great power competition

The idea of a ‘Russian resurgence' in the Middle East set against a perceived American withdrawal has captured the attention of policymakers and scholars alike, warranting further examination.

Report by Karim Mezran and Arturo Varvelli

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, Oct 7, 2019

Trump withdraws US troops from northern Syria

An October 6 phone call between US President Donald J. Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan resulted in a partial withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria and Trump’s endorsement of Turkish plans to send their own military forces into the region.

MENASource by Reema Hibrawi

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, Oct 7, 2019

Dagres joins The Monocle to discuss Donald Trump’s shifting position on Syria

Uncategorized by Atlantic Council

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Events

Fri, Nov 1, 2019

Iraq’s Political and Energy Outlook

Recent protests underscore the many challenges Iraq must address despite the progress it has made. This event discusses the way forward for Iraq.

9:00am Washington DC

Wed, Oct 16, 2019

Iranian Public Opinion Under US Sanctions

This panel discussion is on the new public opinion data gathered in Iran over the past six months. The panel will take a closer look at Iranian attitudes to a broad set of issues, including Iran’s regional influence, Iranian relations with the West, and the Iranian nuclear deal.

10:00am Washington DC